Houston is a great city for a number of reasons. The housing market is strong, the economy offers numerous job opportunities and it can be a great place to raise children.To show how great the metropolitan areas is for raising a family, the Houston City Council recently approved a $5.5 million project to build a 10-acre skate park and recreational area. With an average annual temperature that allows for year-round outdoor activities, homebuyers should consider buying a home close to this Spring-area attraction.?”It's not inexpensive, so we had to make sure the funding was secured,” Mayor Annise Parker told the Houston Chronicle. “I wanted to make sure the maintenance was secured. We want it to be a monitored facility so it's safe. All those elements are in place.”The project is set to break ground at the end of 2012. Once complete, it could have a positive impact on surrounding Spring home prices. Purchasing a home in the local market prior to the grand opening could give buyers an opportunity to see property values surge in the near future. Real Estate News brought to you by 2M Realty, a true expert in the online real estate market.